This is Part II of our “Christmas Around the World” post. Check out Part I here.
If you ever go to Holland around Christmas time, expect it to be filled with candles. This annual candle night or Kaarsjesavond in Dutch takes place in the city of Gouda in the central market square in front of the Gothic Town Hall. The streets are only illumated by candles, as people gather to sing christmas carols and the mayor gives a Christmas speech. Below check one of the many performances of that night. (Read more at Holland.com)
All around Europe, children anxiously wait for St. Nicholas and not Santa on December 6th. In Poland, children leave their boots by their beds the night December 5th waiting for St Nicholas to fill them with presents the next day.
In Germany, gingerbread houses are called “Hexenhaus” which translates into witches’ house. Why you may ask? They are named after the popular german Grimm fairytale Hansel and Gretel candy house. You can read more about European christmas traditions at Reader’s Digest.